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@TinyCO2, Aug 12, 2018 at 4:27 PM

...As I say, there's nobody left to ask.

People alive then can't be asked? First (Heath era) strike - yes that is what you & AK are referring to whilst regurgitating Maggie to blame for everything.

Oh, Blair & Brown closed more coal mines than Maggie and built a lot fewer Council/Social housing.

Aug 12, 2018 at 9:24 PM | Registered CommenterPcar


(simplified) Grass does regreen as it grows from bottom not top like other plants - hence why lawn weedkillers work. If brown bits are dormant, not dead they rejuvenate. Green growth from below causes dead to fall off.

Aug 12, 2018 at 9:22 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@golf charlie, Aug 12, 2018 at 11:44 AM

The deep fried mars bar originated at chip shops in Scotland as a novelty item, but was never mainstream. Since various mass media began reporting on the practice in the mid-1990s, in part as a commentary on urban Scotland's notoriously unhealthy diet, the popularity of the dish has spread"

It is a jokey illustration like letter boxes. However, on the menu are deep fried: pizza, pork pie, steak pie, mince pie, anything - Yuk

Aug 12, 2018 at 9:21 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@It doesn't add up..., Aug 12, 2018 at 1:11 AM

Iran: Kangaroo courts and show trials for those "disrupting the ......"

Same as UK then...

Aug 12, 2018 at 9:19 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Aug 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM | Kleinefeldmaus

Aug 12, 2018 at 1:39 PM | Supertroll

I am no expert, but would add some observations:

On this particular part of the South Downs, the garden and adjacent field are on clay. The field had cattle on it, but throughout the summer, horses/ponies.

I had been cutting the grass with the blades one notch higher than previous years. The bits of lawn are never kept immaculate, but do get weed/feed/mosskiller, normally granular, but this year, some bits were done with a liquid applied with a sprayer.

I don't think the granular ever had enough rain to dissolve and be absorbed properly. Some bits are now growing very heathily, others have yet to respond The liquid has shown much more even results.

Possibly because of the 700 ft altitude (?) heavy dews have been on the lawns most mornings. Longer grass attracts more dew (?) and those shaded areas (with extra drips from the dew dripping off shrubs above?) stayed green and never stopped growing.

Foot traffic (mostly mine) has worn away the dried grass in some areas. There is nothing above ground level to turn green. New shoots have yet to appear.

Weed/Feed/Mosskiller was applied in mid-May. There was spillage and overdosing of granular leaving 3 areas each the size of a bath, completely dead. Another area treated with liquid killed the moss, revealing no grass at all. Then i found out that local pigeons like grass seed, no matter what it says on the box.

In the interests of horticultural research and bluddymindedness, 3 weeks ago, I bought a single piece of turf 2ft x 4ft. I part-filled plastic plant pots, and flimsy divided plastic bedding plant trays with compost, sliced the turf into about 40mm square and planted it. It has been easy to water. Using a bulb planter like a pastry cutter to cut holes in dead lawn, I have been planting turflettes, and so far, so good!

Whether each will act as a water pocket within the clay, and freeze in winter, I have no idea.

Aug 12, 2018 at 9:06 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

country bumpkin feldmaus
Thank you.
It's difficult to believe but it does look as if grass rehydrates, rather than regrows. This is amazing because some of the grass was in a terrible state, very desiccated, so much so that it would crumble into tiny fragments and blow away. Yet now it is green and supple. Something I've never considered before, yet is truly amazing. Those desiccated remnants are still dormant. The world can still surprise.

Aug 12, 2018 at 8:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

Aug 12, 2018 at 4:22 PM | It doesn't add up...

I didn't miss it! Just forgot to refer to it! But what is the attraction of Grangemouth to the Chinese?

The UN has been dominated by TWO superpowers, and Bloc voting. As the USSR faltered, the EU was developing its clout. People keep ignoring China, and their Bloc vote, which keeps increasing without a shot being fired.

Japan has been very successful at exporting manufacturing/assembly of their cars to the USA and EU.

Having experienced the benefits of Hong Kong, it is possible that China may want to take a controlling interest in key employers, with development land potential and a port, in many European countries.

Fabricated Global Warming has destroyed European industry. China is doing very well out of it, and may have loads of oil and money to burn.

Aug 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

@Aug 12, 2018 at 1:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertrol
You say - I have a genuine horticultural question. This might help.
from country bumpkin feldmaus - here

Aug 12, 2018 at 7:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterKleinefeldmaus


I tend to think of these units as a variation of "online" UPS units (on steroids).

If there are frequency fluctuations significant enough to require intervention at the grid scale then just maybe there is an issue with suppliers polluting the system / having inadequate capacity? I'm quite keen on the idea that intermittent generators should pay for mitigating their intermittent antics. The expensive contortions required to mitigate "renewable power" and the abject abuse of the word "utility" seem endless...

I don't know if 15 mins is adequate for a CCGT to spin up and equilibrate adequately (gut feeling is nope) for full load transfer although it seems likely to me that OCGT would be OK.

Personally I look forward to Thorium powered kettles dotted around the countryside and towns.... what did happen to Baroness Worthington's enthusiasm there?

Aug 12, 2018 at 6:24 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Stereophonic posts. Sorry

Aug 12, 2018 at 5:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterSupertroll

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